Parent Update Announcements


posted May 19, 2017, 7:05 AM by Suzanne Bowen

Good morning.  Big day in Gilford today with the high school having their Prom and the middle school having our grade 6-8 dance from 7:00-8:30; $5.00 cost.  We wish a safe and fun night for everyone.

The second annual Memorial Day 5K race to benefit Camp Resilience will be taking place on May 29th at the Gilford Youth Center.  There will be a “fun run” for smaller children, as well, where there will be supervision and prizes.  The GHS National Honor Society is looking to get as many runners as possible.  Attached is a detailed flyer on the event.

On Monday and Tuesday of next week, our 8th graders will be taking their Science NECAP assessments.  Once again, please encourage, rest, and feed your children well so that they can put their best foot forward.  I was very impressed with their efforts on the SBAC tests and hope that this will continue with the NECAP.

We have another Early Release next Wednesday (5/24).  Unlike today (11:55), students will be dismissed at their normal early release time of 12:20.

Also, next Wednesday evening starting at 6:00 at the high school is the district’s annual STEAM/GEEF EXPO.  This is to celebrate the work teachers and students have done in the areas of science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics.

Tip from the “Middle Years”* - Keep on Learning; Create a science spot:  Designate a corner for storing odds and ends (cardboard, index cards, aluminum foil, etc).  When your tween says, “I’m bored,” see if she can figure out ways to use them in a science experiment or engineering project.  Cardboard tubes could become a marble “roller coaster” to test gravity.  Aluminum foil and index cards might be engineered into a shiny skyscraper.  Have her research ideas online or in books.

Thank you and have a great weekend!


*Resources for Educators, May 2017
Attachments available for 30 days until Sunday, June 18, 2017:
memorial day 5K Flyer.pdf


posted May 10, 2017, 7:33 AM by Suzanne Bowen   [ updated May 15, 2017, 6:43 AM ]

Good morning.  It is nice to finally see the sun shine today.  This is always a morale booster for both our students and staff!

Our annual STEAM/GEEF EXPO will be held at the high school next Wednesday (5/24) from 6:00-7:30.  Come and get inspired and experience hands-on demonstrations celebrating student discoveries and achievements from all three buildings!

This Friday, the PTA is holding an Ice Cream Fundraiser (with Jordan’s Ice Cream!) at Funspot from 2:30-9:00.  All people need to do is get yummy ice cream and they will give the PTA a percentage of the ice cream sales.  Friday night is Gilford PTA Night!

But before you get your fill of ice cream, get your fill of wonderful music tomorrow night at our Monster Band Concert.  This is held in the GHS Auditorium beginning at 7:00.

Congratulations to our Spanish/French teacher, Stephanie Masters, for reaching the semi-final round for the state of New Hampshire’s Teacher of the Year!  A committee from the NHDOE will be here on the 24th to interview parents, teachers, students and, of course, Mrs. Masters.

I have attached two flyers from Laconia High School’s HUOT Career and Technical Center.  One is in regards to a summer camp for girls, “Girls Technology & Career Camp,” which runs from June 26-June 30 (current 7th & 8th graders only).  And the other, for both boys and girls, is the “Summer Construction Camp” which runs from July 10-July 14.  Check them out!

Eighth grade students are currently doing their “impact testing” for concussions.  This is mandatory for students wishing to play sports in high school and a good idea for everybody as it gives GHS nurse Meg Jenkins a “base-line” in case of a head injury that takes place at school (whether it be related to sports or not).  Students take these tests on a computer.

Events for next week:

  • PTA Poetry Night - Wednesday, May 17th at 6:00 at the Gilford Public Library

  • Spring Choral Concert - Thursday, May 18th at 7:00 in the GHS Auditorium

  • Early Release - On Friday, May 19th; students will be dismissed at 11:55 (to coincide with GHS dismissal)

  • Grades 6-8 Dance - Friday, May 19th from 7:00-8:30.

Thank you and soak up the sun (while it lasts)!


Attachments available for 30 days until Friday, June 09, 2017:


posted May 8, 2017, 4:04 AM by Suzanne Bowen

Good afternoon.  Our students finished strong this past week with the last part of their SBAC (math portion) test.  I am very proud at the effort they put into the assessment.

I have attached three documents to this email:  The Gilford Got Lunch registration; our Summer Math Academy overview and registration; and a letter from our very own Chief of Police, Anthony Burpee on alcohol awareness.

Congratulations to the following students for their wins on the PTA’s annual poetry contest:  Noah Bolduc (Grade 5, “Forest”), Samuel Leggett (Grade 6, “On the Brightest Morning”), Valeria Ramos (Grade 7, “Another Sanctuary”), Kayla Loureiro (Grade 8, “Dear Younger Self”), and Lily Burleigh (overall GMS winner, “Glass Eyes”).  Poetry Night will be held on May 17 at 6:00 at the Gilford Public Library.  The winners will share their poems and receive their prizes.

Your 8th Grade son/daughter should have come home with the order form for their class t-shirt.  The cost of $20 includes the t-shirt and for the refreshments served at the Moving Up Day ceremony.  Please have your student bring the fee in CASH and form to Mrs. Nicol by Tuesday, May 16.  Any questions, please email Lisa Hart.

The Monster Band Concert will be on Thursday at 7:00 in the high school auditorium.  Bands from grades 5-12 will be entertaining us that evening.

Tip from the “Middle Years”* - Keep on Learning; Take math on the road - Have your middle schooler practice doing math in her head with this car-trip activity.  Suggest that she add, subtract, multiply, or divide numbers she spots on the way.  If she sees a sign for 7th Street and a 25 mph speed limit, she might multiply 7 x 25 or divide 25 by 7.  Turn it into a game, let her call out the problem. The first person to answer correctly gives the next equation.

Thank you and enjoy the rest of your Sunday.


*Resources for Educators, May 2017

Attachments available for 30 days until Tuesday, June 06, 2017:
Alcohol Awareness Month Letter.pdf
GGL 2017 Reg Form & Info.pdf


posted May 1, 2017, 4:05 AM by Suzanne Bowen

Good morning.  I hope that you are enjoying this week with your child(ren).  It is hard to believe that when they return to school on Monday, we’ll be saying “next month and school will be over!”  Speaking of when they return on Monday; on Tuesday the students will begin the math portion of the SBAC testing.  I was very pleased as to how hard they worked during the ELA portion and am hoping for a repeat performance.  There will be no nightly homework assigned that week so that students can just focus on giving it their best on the test.

The Unified Club will be joining the high school’s Unified Club on Friday, May 5th to go bowling at Funspot from 3:30-5:30.  We will have pizza, drinks, and bowl two strings.  The cost is $10.  Please contact Ms. Belanger with any questions and to let her know if you are attending.

Last week, Mr. Sperazzo (GHS principal) sent a warning to parents about the current Netflix series, “13 Reasons Why.”  This is a show that has become very popular with teenagers and is about a high school student who kills herself and leaves behind audiotapes detailing the events that led to her death.  In each tape, she essentially blames her death on the actions (or inactions) of a group of classmates and a faculty member.  We feel that it is “unsafe” and much too graphic for our students to watch.  If you are considering letting your child watch, please be sure to research the program beforehand.  Just my two cents….

I have attached three documents in this email.  One, regarding our Summer Math Academy; two, the May School Board Agenda;  and the other, the Gilford Got Lunch program.  Please pay attention to all three.

We will be holding our annual Talent Show Reviews on May 24th and 25th after school.  Students of all talents are encouraged to participate, whether they are gymnasts, singers, dancers, musicians, etc.  Everyone is able to participate with coaching from Mr. Warnick and Mrs. Moynihan.

The GMS/GHS Chess Club will meet on May 11th, 18th, and 25th in our cafeteria after school from 2:30 to 3:30.

Congratulations to our D.A.R.E. Project winners:  Michael Guerin, Avery Hennig, Riley Powers, Eizabeth Albert, Caroline Guest, Charlotte Lehr, and Ryan Guyer.  Kudos to SRO O’Neill and Mr. Donovan for organizing this important program.

In regards to next year’s schedule, please let either Mrs. Zimmer or Mrs. Moynihan know if your child is NOT going to participate in Band and/or Chorus next year.  Otherwise, we will assume that they are and put it in their schedule.

Our office will be closed on Thursday and Friday this week.  The SAU office, however, will be open on those days.  

Thank you and enjoy this last week of April.


Attachments available for 30 days until Thursday, May 25, 2017:
GGL 2017 Reg Form & Info.pdf


posted Apr 21, 2017, 11:32 AM by Suzanne Bowen   [ updated Apr 21, 2017, 11:33 AM ]

Good afternoon.  I just wanted to wish you all a happy vacation and also wanted to let you know of two big news items:  First, the 6th Grade Math Team won their league championship yesterday.  Kudos to Mrs. Fox and her mathematicians!  

And, Stephanie Masters, our French/Spanish Teacher, has been named a semi-finalist for New Hampshire's Teacher of the Year!!  Kudos to Mrs. Masters and we wish her the best of luck through the rest of the process.  

More next week on other news.....


posted Apr 17, 2017, 4:09 AM by Suzanne Bowen

Good afternoon.  We have finished our first week of SBAC testing.  I am very proud and appreciative of the effort the students put into the assessment.  Our teachers have worked hard in both preparing them for the exam and encouraging them to give it their best effort.  I saw a lot of “best efforts” over the past 4 days.  I’m a happy principal today.  We will do the math portion the week we return from vacation; make-ups for this week will begin on Monday.

All band and chorus members (families, too!) are invited to attend the Manchester Fisher Cats baseball game (versus the Portland Sea Dogs) on Tuesday, May 23.  A permission slip was sent home earlier.  Our students will be performing at the game, as well.  We also have two big concerts coming up; the Monster Band Concert on May 11 and the District Choral Concert on May 18.  Both are awesome events!

For our parents of 7th graders:  It is time for your child to select whether they wish to take Spanish or French next year in the 8th grade.  Students/parents can register by logging into their MMS Portal and follow the registration link for 2017-18, located at the bottom of the page.  This needs to be done by next Friday (4/21/17).

The following students qualified to compete in the regional competition of the National History Bee in Melrose, Massachusetts last Saturday:  Henry Stow, Patrick Gandini, Michael Kitto, Matthew Farah, Timmy Jagusch, Colby Smith, Peter Christensen, and Kendall Jones.  To qualify for the nationals a student had to score in the top 25% in New England on an online assessment and two rounds of “Jeopardy!” style questions.  Patrick, Michael, Matthew, and Kendall all qualified for the national event to be held in Atlanta later in June.  Congrats!

The 5th Grade DARE Graduation will take place in the high school auditorium on Tuesday at 6:00.

The deadline for the PTA’s Annual Spring Poetry Competition is next Tuesday (4/18/17).

The 5th/6th grade after-school social will take place next Wednesday (4/19/17) from 2:30-4:00 in various parts of our building.

Tip from the Middle Years*  All Kinds of Kindness - Be a model - Seeing kindness in action may encourage your tween to behave kindly, too.  Invite him to go with you when you run an errand for a neighbor, and point out why you’re helping.  Going out of your way for another person lets him see that kindness is important.

Thank you and have a joyous weekend!



posted Apr 10, 2017, 4:13 AM by Suzanne Bowen

Good afternoon.  Next week is a very important week as we begin our Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) testing.  Next week is the English/Language Arts (ELA) portion of the test and the week of May 1 will be the Math portion of the SBAC test.  Next week, the 5th and 6th Graders will test on Tuesday and Thursday while the 7th and 8th Graders will test on Wednesday and Friday.  We will provide breaks, snacks, and water for the students as well as not assign any homework next week to make next week easier to manage for them.  I need you help, please, in encouraging your child to do their very best.  It is important to our school in terms of forming curriculum and improving instruction as well as a chance for us to show off how “wicked smaht” our students are!  Yes, we all know that there are many more indicators to a school’s or child’s success than a standardized test but this indeed one of those ways so we need to take advantage of this.  Getting them a good night’s sleep and a nutritious breakfast will do wonders for the brain!  As always, thank you for your support in making this school a great place to learn.

On Tuesday, we are hosting the final 7th and 8th Grade Mathalon Meet of the year.  There will be more than 15 schools and 160 students competing.  Currently, we are tied for second place with Laconia Middle School.  Go Hawks!

I have attached the April Edition of the Gilford Parks and Rec newsletter; they offer a wide variety of excellent activities.

Auditions for our Spring play, “Into the Woods” will take place on Monday from 4:45-6:30 in the MS Chorus room.  Auditions are open to any student in grades 5-8.  The performance is scheduled for June 1, 2 & 3.  Please contact Matt Demko if you have any questions.

Congratulations to the following National History Day contestants who have successfully moved on to the national competition in Washington, DC in June:  Matthew Farah (1st place Paper), Kendall Jones (2nd place Website), Mae Kenney (2nd place Performance), Kathryn Osburn (1st place Performance), and Kaelan O’Connor (2nd place Documentary).  Kaelan also received the National Archives Research Award (NARA) for primary source use.  Finishing 3rd were Angie Bonnell (Exhibit), Alaina Osburn (Documentary), and Jacqueline Nash & Emma Tierno (Group Performance); they will advance to DC if one of the other competitors in the state are not able to attend.  Thomas Cain (Exhibit) and Shushu Sawyer (Paper) also competed at PSU last weekend.

If your child is interested in music camp this summer, Lyvie Beyrent has suggested two very good options. One takes place at UNH called the Summer Youth Music School (SYMS) and lasts for a week and the other lasts for several weeks up in Maine called Camp Encore.  If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Beyrent.

Once again from our nurse, Beth Haddock, a notice of recalled Epipens.  All Epipens kept in our health office have been checked are not affected.  Follow this link for a list of impacted lot numbers.

Thank you and have a nice weekend.


Attachments available for 30 days until Sunday, May 07, 2017:
P&R News April '17.pdf


posted Apr 3, 2017, 4:10 AM by Suzanne Bowen

Good afternoon.  I apologize for flooding your inbox today but this Winter/Spring just keeps throwing us curveballs (yes, I am ready for the Sox to start!).

The last Softball Clinic will be held this Sunday in the GHS gym from 10-11:30(ages 8-13) and 11:30-12:30 (ages 3-7).  You may also register for the upcoming season at this time.

The first tennis meeting of the season will be on April 12 from 2:20-2:50 in our lobby.  The first “real” practice will be on the 13th at the tennis courts (hopefully) from 2:30-3:30.

This year’s 5th and 6th Grade After-School Social will be held on Wednesday April 19th from 2:20-4:00 here at the middle school.

The deadline for your child to submit their poem to the language arts teacher for the PTA’s annual poetry competition is April 18th.  Only one entry per student and the poem should be 15 lines (or slightly less) and, of course, original.

Time is running out to order your child the year’s edition of the GMS Silver Hawk yearbook.  Just follow this link to the Josten’s website to pre-order.

This week’s tip from the Middle Years*  Paper Chase  Do papers in your home quickly turn into piles?  Make clearing the cluter into a family project.  Sort papers together, deciding what to save and what to recycle, shred, or throw away.  You’ll teach your tween how to stay organized; and feel a sense of accomplishment together.

Next week’s events:

Monday – School Board Meeting (6:00); please see attachment for meeting agenda.  You can also go to the school district website for more information regarding policies.

Tuesday – Gilford PTA Meeting (6:30)

Wednesday – Early Release (12:20)


Thank you and have a nice weekend.




*Resources for Educators, March 2017

Attachments available for 30 days until Sunday, April 30, 2017:


posted Mar 23, 2017, 11:46 AM by Suzanne Bowen

Good afternoon.  I just came from a “concert” down in our Band Room where Paul Warnick’s Unified Arts class, Rock Band, put on their final performance.  As always, they were impressive; it is amazing how quickly Mr. Warnick can get them to form a band.  And they warmed my heart by playing tunes by the Beatles and the Stones!

From our school nurse, Beth Haddock:  Four batches of EpiPens have been recalled due to failure to activate.  All EpiPens kept in the Health Office have been checked and are unaffected.  Please check any that you may have at home for yourself or family members to ensure that they are still good to use.  Follow this link for more information (batch numbers, instructions, etc.).

I have attached the flyer for this summer’s Theatre Camp here at GMS.  This is a great opportunity for promising thespians to work with Mr. Demko on their dramatic skills.

Also attached, is the flyer for this year’s PTA Poetry Contest.  Poets can show off their talents and maybe even win an award!  The deadline to submit (to your Language Arts teacher) is April 18th.

We’ll try again:  The 7th & 8th grade dance will be held next Friday (3/31) from 6:30-8:00.  Hopefully, weather and last minute scheduling conflicts will not impede us this time!

From now until April 3rd, the Gilford Athletic Boosters are opening their online clothing store.  Please follow this link for GMS & GHS apparel. 

Middle school tennis will begin with a meeting on April 12th right after school in the gym lobby.  Chess Club will resume its schedule (this time on Thursdays) beginning April 20th.

Tip from the Middle Years*   No more “I can’t” – Your child might get rid of his “I can’ts” by putting them on paper.  He could write, “I can’t do this math formula’ or “I’m not good at basketball.”  Then, have him tear the paper into pieces and throw them away.  He may find that this actions gives him a fresh start.  Also, encourage him to add the word “yet” when he says he can’t do something.  For example, “I can’t do that math formula, yet” or “I’m not good at 3-pointers, yet.”  That will remind him that it’s a matter of time and effort until he can.

Thank you and hope you have a happy Friday!



*Resources for Educators, February 2017

Attachments available for 30 days until Saturday, April 22, 2017:
SUMMER CAMP FLYER 2017 (1).pdf


posted Mar 20, 2017, 5:58 AM by Suzanne Bowen

Good afternoon.  We had another successful Winter Carnival today up at Gunstock and over at the Merrill Fay Ice Arena.  The kids were in great spirit and should sleep well tonight!

Interested in having your child participate in a spring sport?  I have attached 3 attachments one each for Lakes Region Tennis Association, Cal Ripken Baseball and Lakes Region Lacrosse.  There is also a Gilford Youth Softball Clinic on March 12, 19, 26 and April 2 (ages 3 ½ to 7 from 11:30-12:30 and ages 8-13 from 10:00-11:30) here at Gilford.  There will also be a spring sports meeting for parents to meet the coaches on March 14 at 6:00 in our cafeteria.

Next Thursday at 6:00, the folks at Gilford PTA and Gilford Together are sponsoring, “The Anonymous People” presentation to be held at the GES cafeteria.  This is a documentary film about the over 23 million living in long-term recovery and the emerging public recovery movement that will transform how alcohol and other drug challenges are dealt with in our communities.

Parent tip from the Middle Years*:  “Now hear this”  Active listening skills will make your middle grader an effective communicator through-out life.  Model these skills by looking at him/her then they talk to you and repeating what they say to show that you understood.  And have conversations about topics he’s interested in so they practice speaking and listening.

I hope you were able to check out the article in this week’s Gilford Steamer about the great things happening here at GMS.  If not, please let me know and I can email you the article.

Thank you and have a great weekend!





*Resources for Educators, March 2017


Attachments available for 30 days until Sunday, April 09, 2017:
LRLC 2017.pdf
CRB 2017 Registration Form.pdf

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